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Jaguar

Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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For Jaguar, the lure of the lights and the crowds has filled his years since leaving Sequoia, but even the brightest lights fade. When his mother falls ill, he puts his career on hold to help her, but coming home after so much time away has its own pitfalls.

Jaguar’s return creates a clash with his estranged father and a past lover who has secrets she’s been hiding for five years. In the face of his personal turmoil, Jaguar is forced to make a choice between the boy he was and the star he became.

Even more so, he has to decide between fame and family.

©2017 M.L. Hamilton (P)2019 M.L. Hamilton

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Absolutely wonderful...

If I could give this book 6 stars for performance and story, I would give it 10 stars each. I loved it though I usually love ML Hamilton's books narrated by Kelley Hazen. I will admit to initially being sceptical about this book because I cannot say I was impressed with Jaguar in ML Hamilton's Cafe au Lait. He was arrogant and obnoxious. Certainly not book boyfriend material.

Then this book happened. Jaguar turned out to be an incredibly sensitive, thoughtful, kind son, father and friend. His journey is heart-warming and I don't want to spoil it by writing any more in this review. I will say that reading/listening to Cafe au Lait before you experience this book is worth it but not necessary. My only disappointment was that the story ended. I just hope we get to "visit" with Jaguar and his family in the Zion Sawyer series.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Blue butterfly

Jaguar appeared in an earlier Zion mystery and, like so many others, I'm sure, found him quite irrisistable. The tattooed lead singer and song writer of a popular rock group, Annacoda, which came to play in the small town music festival, Jaguar had elected to stay on in the town from which Her had fun away in his teens when the rest of the group returned to L.A., in part because his song writing ability had dried up and the fame of the group was fading, but mostly because his mother was ill and he needed to be with her despite the animosity of his father. Then there was also the small problem of the discovery of a small daughter Jaguar had not known about until recently.

Jaguar is, essentially, a spin off book from the Zion series, not a murder mystery at all, instead focusing entirely on Jaguar's last life and current relationships. Many of the characters from the Zion stories make appearances and the story, at times, makes for emotional reading. It has a theme of redemption, of looking below the surface and not being too judgemental without understanding. It is a well written and very sweet book in it's own way. Narration by Kelley Hazen is, excellent, as always, read with quiet emotion and fully voiced characters.

Unfortunately, it was not to my personal taste. Even so, certain exchanges of conversation both with his mother and father, individually, resonated as being both real and, even, profound.
Recommended for those who are looking for books about affairs of the heart of of coming of age stories. But, please note, this is not a mystery thriller.